Nestling away in the crowded mall of Plaza Indonesia, considered as one of the most exclusive shopping malls in jakarta, the latest En dining Japanese restaurant outshines others with its original concept of “Eating in the great outdoors”.
Inspired by engawa space in a Japanese traditional house, this dining space offers a closed warm ambience with timber deck flooring.
Engawa refers to the typically wooden strip of flooring immediately before windows and storm shutters inside traditional japanese rooms. Engawa or the outdoor verandah timber deck that fringes around the border of the house to the zen gardens, which was traditionally referred to as a “nure’en”.
Some part of wall features a texture paint finish that imitates Japanese fan pattern, whilst simple rock like pattern with joints divides the verticality of the columns. the elegance comes in linear and strip form of lines with usage of timber strips and simple textured wall lines.
FOR THE LOVE OF “TIMBER SCREEN”
Shoji screen becomes a folding element of surprise that visually leads the customers walking along the corridor to the internal space.
The extruded pattern used in Japanese shoji screen “kumiko” is applied as a cut out floral motif by CNC machine which continues the interior branding of En.
The 3 most popular shoji patterns used are ‘sakura’, ‘goma’, and ‘asanoha’. the pattern ‘sakura’ is used and abstracted to angular lines to match the interior elements of strip lines.
The extruded pattern design and the tones give the screen more depth.
FOR THE LOVE OF COVE CEILING
The timber screen a strong element that binds the main dining space to the Engawa dining space, defines a single continuous space with the creation of slated light timber screen feature that floats above the main dining space. the slates create subtle shadows texturising the space against darker walnut timber furniture.
RECEPTION, WAITING AND COVE DINING
Combination of each of these three different dining areas with consistency carried through usage of material tones. sake wall represents a carved out box from concrete textured wall display sake bottles as the point of illuminated feature.
Red lines come across as a binding element throughout the entire space, emphasizing on customised design lamp shades (also concealing cable), glass cage & furnishings.
The entrance of the small private dining area is made of the sliding shoji screen to keep the continuity effect from the tatami space. the screen continues to the private rooms inside the Engawa space where they become sliding doors.
Focus was on Interior construction design details, furniture design, lighting design, site co-ordination providing design solutions.